A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 16, 2008

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA held its first meeting Oct. 6 in the Northwestern High School library.

Kyle Schirm led the meeting. Jerrin Hill gave a treasurer’s report and Karly Berry gave a reporter’s report.

Committee chairpersons Karly Berry, Hill, Zach Hottel, Danae Mulligan, Adam Krueger, Jenna Pitsenbarger, Jessica Wellert, Kelsey Bowers, Alison McGinnis, Lisa Zavesky, Olivia Stover, Rachael Gortner and Schirm gave a report about their committee.

Jared Carpenter moved the motion to have a fall party at the McGinnis homestead; the motion was seconded by McGinnis and the motion passed.

Bowers moved the motion to offer chapter T-shirts and hoodies to sell; the motion was seconded by Berry and the motion passed.

Stover moved the motion to have a citrus fruit fundraiser; the motion was seconded by Hottel and the motion passed.

Mulligan moved the motion to send 17 members and three chaperones to attend National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, the motion was seconded by Chris Thomas and the motion passed.

Krueger moved the motion to participate in parliamentary procedure, the motion was seconded by McGinnis and the motion passed.

The topics of fair participation, recreation activities, dues, county and district soil competitions and refreshments were discussed.

Austin Gresser was selected Student of the Month for September.
After the meeting, refreshments were served and members played dodge ball and corn hole in the gym for recreation.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — On Sept. 23, 51 members of the Mapleton FFA competed at the Ashland County Soil Judging Contest. The rural soils team placed second.

In the lead for Mapleton was Kelsey Diederich, placing fourth.

She was followed by Jarrod Brant, fifth; Sarah Cepero, eighth; Shelby Rohr, ninth; Amber Armstrong, 10th; Jared Wynn, 12th; Sadie Wiley, 15th; Breanna Shank, 16th; Hayley Younce, 19th; and Jeremy Rohr, 20th.

Also participating in rural soils were Erin Dull, Brooke Jones, Keith Pummel, Diana Burton, Bobby Steiskal, Katie Paramore, Shelby Emmons, Stacy Watts, Jonathan Pickering, Ashlay Thomas, Shawn Mackenzie, Katie Mennell, Jordan Puster, Kayliegh Hall, Melissa Miller, Ross Patton, Falicia Thomas, Maggie Cicillian, Travis Frye, Brandy Mennell, Michael Nichols and Casey Hildebrant.

The urban soils team placed third. Leading Mapleton was Olivia Whitaker who placed sixth and Kassidy Imber in ninth.

Students who also competed for the urban team were Emily McKinley, Brittney Telakowicz, Taylor Donley, Andrew Hutman, Kim Finley, Ieisha Jeffery, Jessica Lecomte, Colton Alleman, Brice Huff, Garrett Boley, Angel Brady, Zach Stroub, Heidi Tony, Christy Barber, Katie Hazek and Kacy Chandler.

The chapter held its annual FFA Community Hog Roast Oct. 5 at Rohr’s Lake in Nova, Ohio. In attendance were 32 members and 33 guests.

The meeting was opened by the officer team and then everyone enjoyed the meal.

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RAVENNA, Ohio — Southeast FFA chapter hosted the District Soils Career Development Event Sept. 30, with nine other schools attending.

Southeast placed second in the rural soil category with Jesse Fetty placing third overall individually and Southeast also placed fifth in the urban soil category.

The chapter also held their meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Flag football was played, ice cream was a refreshment and business was discussed.

Such business included the annual fruit sale to raise money for scholarships and trips to events like FFA State Convention. The fruit sale consists of oranges and grapefruits and apples.

The sale also includes nuts and beef jerky.

If interested or for more information, contact Ben Campbell at 330-654-5841.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — On Sept. 23, Zane Trace FFA members went to the District 7 Soils CDE at Ohio University in Lancaster. Nine FFA members competed; five judging urban soils and four judging rural soils.

Thirteen other Ag Science II students also attended the contest as an educational learning experience and practiced judging soils in a practice pit.

Brian Cooley from the Department of Natural Resources helped the students in the practice pit.

The practice covered topics such as how to identify conditions needed for a house with a basement. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot.
After the contest scores were added up, the urban soils team placed 17th in the district and the rural team placed 19th.

Two visitors from Australia traveled to various schools throughout the area, including Zane Trace, to speak about a new program called VisitOz.
For a price, those who are 18-30 can travel to Australia and get a job doing work on a farm or station.

Students who attended the presentation had their names entered into a drawing for free enrollment in the VisitOz program.

Sophomore FFA member Emmy Ortman was the winner of the prize, which includes a seven-day stay at the VisitOz farm in Queensland, Australia, job training in the area of her choice and guaranteed placement in the job area of her choice.

The package also includes a two-night stay at a local backpacker’s resort.

Everyone enjoyed learning more about Australian agriculture and this exciting new opportunity for Americans to travel and work in Australia.

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CRESTON, Ohio — Norwayne FFA members are selling fruit, meat and cheese through Nov. 7.

The sale includes navel oranges, tangelos, red grapefruit, red and golden delicious apples, pineapple, pears, mixed gift boxes and various meats and cheeses.

All the money earned from the sale will be used for chapter activities and community service projects.

The goal of the chapter is to sell $30,000 worth of products and have the money turned in by Dec. 19.

Contact the Norwayne High School at 330-435-4276 or any member to make a purchase.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Indian Valley FFA at Gnadenhutten is holding its annual fruit sale through Nov. 4.

The FFA students are selling citrus fruit, apples, gift baskets of assorted fruit, nuts, trail bologna and Orange Blossom Dirt Squad hand cleaner.

Prices range from $5 to $25.

If interested in placing a pre-paid order, contact any member or call Dave Stiles at the high school at 740-254-4262.

The members are working to earn commission and credit for FFA actives, conventions, camp and leadership workshops.

Delivery will be the first week of December.

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